SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Springfield is eyeing some new technology. It's a license platerecognition system that will scan license plates while driving upand down the streets looking for cars with outstanding parkingtickets or unpaid taxes. When it finds one, it beeps, and thenofficials can either further fine the car, or tow it away.
City Counselor Tim Rooke is proposing this purchase toSpringfield's productivity bank within the next month. It wouldcost $50,000 to $70,000, but he says it could bring in millions.The program is already being used in New Haven, CT.
Rooke told 22News that within eight months, New Haven'slicense reader generated 2.6 million in new revenue for that city.He hopes the same could be done in Springfield. Rooke says it'slikely that the purchase will be made. If it is, the system couldbe in use by the start of this fall.
22News asked Springfield residents what they think about thispotential purchase. Siobhan Spruill told 22News that "I think wehave enough people watching over us. I think they're going a littletoo far." But Ira Kowarsky told 22News "If they owe the money, Isay go after them and get the money and let it go to the city."
The license reader can also scan for stolen license plates,stolen cars, and help with amber alerts.